Dental Assistant

Course Description:

Strong employment growth is expected for Dental Assistants who perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties in dental offices. These duties may include:  working chair-side as a dentist examines and treats patients; sterilizing instruments and equipment; preparing trays for dental procedures; instructing patients on post-operative and general oral health care; preparing materials for making impressions and restorations; processing  x-rays; removing sutures; cleaning and polishing removable appliances; and making temporary crowns.  Front office duties may include scheduling appointments, receiving patients, keeping treatment records, billing, and ordering supplies and materials.  This program consists of 560 hours of classroom/lab instruction and 240 hours of internship where students gain on-the-job experience in a dental office. Upon successful completion of the class, students are eligible to take the State Certification to become a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).

Prerequisites:   A United States HS Diploma/GED, immunizations, certification with the American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Provider and a passing score on the HOC Math/English Assessment test.


Registration Fee:  $1100.00


Additional Fees (additional prerequisite costs may vary) :


Approximate Cost

Due Date

Student dental kit


At registration



At registration

RDA test application fee


When requested

Live Scan fingerprints


When requested





Start Date

End Date

Days of the Week

Class Times

January 16, 2018

June 1, 2018

Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Instructors:  D. Harshman and T. Roberts  


How to get started?

Attend a Dental Assistant Orientation at The Health Occupations Center.

Dental Assistant students learning how to give injections